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A-Data 500 Series AS592S-32GM-C 32GB SSD in RAID 0 Mini-Review


The A-data S592 SSDs use an Indilinx controller and have supported TRIM since a firmware update last December.

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Originally Posted by Hardware Canucks
The I/O chip is of course none other than the Indilinx “Barefoot” IDX110 controller. As expected, this SSD comes with the Indilinx IDX110M00-LC unit as the older –FC models are long gone now. The Indilinx IDX110 is an ARM based controller with native SATA 3.0Gb/s, supports capacities of up to 512GB, is rated for speeds of 230MB/Sec read and 190MB/s writes.

These great SSDs are at Newegg right now for $95 $87.99 shipped, so I bought two! I am pleased with their performance in RAID 0 and am sharing the fruits of my (brief) benchmarking, hopefully aiding someone with their purchasing decisions. Everything was done with my sig rig in 64-bit Windows 7 Professional with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver installed.

I previously had three Seagate 7200.7 80GB drives in RAID 0 as my OS host. Here are their benchmark results for comparison purposes (keep in mind that these hard drives are terrible, though):


Sorry that the picture is under-sized. Here's the HD Tune info if you can't make it out:
Minimum: 58.9 MB/s
Maximum: 160.7 MB/s
Average: 123.4 MB/s
Access Time: 13.0 ms
Burst rate: 3033.0 MB/s

Like I said previously, they are REALLY bad.


Now here's the results after dropping in the two A-Data S592s in RAID 0:


HD Tune results
Minimum: 345.7 MB/s (+487%)
Maximum: 464.4 MB/s (+189%)
Average: 442.7 MB/s (+259%)
Access time: 0.1 ms (-99.23%)
Burst rate: 3381.6 MB/s (+11.5%)

Obviously, there was a very large performance gain! I personally believe they were worth the price tag, but your opinion may vary.

That's the end of my super-small review! Cheers

Edited by The_0ctogon - 7/14/10 at 9:20am
    
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Wow, nice job, I always wanted to use ssd's for game storage though, get shorter load times. Would putting the os on a ssd by itself with games on a 7200 standard drive help game performance?
    
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Wow, nice job, I always wanted to use ssd's for game storage though, get shorter load times. Would putting the os on a ssd by itself with games on a 7200 standard drive help game performance?
Not much

Mainly just the actual libraries and DirectX don't take as long to load... but it makes almost no difference.

I've got my 80GB SSD with OS+Apps, and my other 7200RPM drives with Games on them.
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Wow, nice job, I always wanted to use ssd's for game storage though, get shorter load times. Would putting the os on a ssd by itself with games on a 7200 standard drive help game performance?
I have my OS, apps, and games all on these SSDs With just the OS and apps (office, photoshop, flash, firefox, etc.) installed, I still had 36GB of the 59.6GB formatted size of the array left. Moving the pagefile to a separate drive really helps space-wise.
    
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Looks good and all, but how about some more info? A benchmark of a single drive would have been nice and also do you know which controller it uses? Its so hard to find the freakin' controller used in these SSD's.

It appears to be an indillix barefoot based drive. Are you not worried about lack of write performance from the lack of TRIM as the drives fill up? Did you consider just getting an Intel 80gb drive? Good random writes, larger capacity, TRIM, and about the same price.
Edited by Mygaffer - 7/14/10 at 1:09am
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Looks good and all, but how about some more info? A benchmark of a single drive would have been nice and also do you know which controller it uses? Its so hard to find the freakin' controller used in these SSD's.

It appears to be an indillix barefoot based drive. Are you not worried about lack of write performance from the lack of TRIM as the drives fill up? Did you consider just getting an Intel 80gb drive? Good random writes, larger capacity, TRIM, and about the same price.
Like you said, it looks like it uses an Indilinx controller

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Originally Posted by Hardware Canucks
The I/O chip is of course none other than the Indilinx “Barefoot†IDX110 controller. As expected, this SSD comes with the Indilinx IDX110M00-LC unit as the older –FC models are long gone now. The Indilinx IDX110 is an ARM based controller with native SATA 3.0Gb/s, supports capacities of up to 512GB, is rated for speeds of 230MB/Sec read and 190MB/s writes.
And these SSDs HAVE supported TRIM since last December.

As far as I know, TRIM still isn't supported through RAID 0, but that is supposed to come with the next release of Intel RST.

I thought about getting an Intel 80GB, but I figured the large read/write advantages of two smaller drive in RAID 0 would be better worth my money (The Intel 80GB is currently $44 more expensive than two of these A-data drives). That, and I wanted to be different from everyone else that's buying them
    
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